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The Red Cross did everything from nursing and air raid duty to searching for missing people and transporting the wounded.
"Our primary role was to help the naval and military medical services treat sick and wounded sailors and soldiers.
The Joint War CommitteeFollowing the outbreak of war in August 1914, the British Red Cross formed the Joint War Committee with the Order of St John. We fundraised and worked together under the protective emblem of the red cross.
The Joint War Committee organised volunteers and professional staff. It also supplied machinery and services at home and in the conflict areas of Europe, the Middle East, Russia and East Africa.
Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs)Members of the British Red Cross and the Order of St John were organised into Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs). The term ‘VAD’ was used for an individual member as well as a detachment.
All members were trained in first aid and some trained in nursing, cookery, hygiene and sanitation. The majority of female VADs volunteered as nurses, trained by the Red Cross. They were despatched throughout the UK and Europe during the conflict.
Auxiliary hospitalsDuring the war, we provided auxiliary hospitals and convalescent homes for wounded servicemen. Many people offered their properties to the cause. Hospitals were set up in town halls, elementary schools, and private houses.
Here are two ladies from Dublin